Crime Stoppers: Debris placed on track caused train derailment

Police are asking for help finding the person who caused a train derailment near the Fayette-Scott County line in September.

Norfolk Southern Trains pass through the tracks off Lisle Road dozens of times each week.

However, around 10 a.m. on September 15, one of the trains ran into a major problem.

"The derailment caused the train to leave the track and go onto the ground," Special Agent Tom Sharp of Norfolk Southern Police said. "Approximately 27 cars went on the ground, each car being about 40 feet long."

Norfolk Southern Police say someone had intentionally put debris on the track in the early morning hours of September 15, causing the derailment that put many lives in danger.

"If the train had rolled over, or derailed in a certain fashion, it could have killed the crew or possibly gone into the residential area," Sharp said.

Sharp says children playing on soccer fields nearby were also in harm's way. Games were in full swing when the train went off the tracks.

Investigators now need help finding out who put debris on the tracks.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

You can call Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020. It's a free call, and you can stay anonymous.

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